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U.S. Fertility Rate Drops to Another Historic Low

Image on left is a pregnant woman silhouette. Abstract red and green flowers form her hair and cover her body. Text says the provisional general fertility rate declined 3% in 2023 from 2022.

The general fertility rate in the United States decreased by 3% from 2022, reaching a historic low. This marks the second consecutive year of decline, following a brief 1% increase from 2020 to 2021. From 2014 to 2020, the rate consistently decreased by 2% annually. These statistics and others from provisional 2023 birth data were Read More >

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U.S. Teen Birth Rate Reached Another Historic Low in 2022

A circle image on the left shows three teenage girls smiling, and a green background circle on the right states the provisional birth rate for teens ages 15 to 19 reached a record low in 2022.

The teen birth rate in the United States decreased 3% from 2021, reaching a record low for this age group. The 2022 rates declined for both younger (ages 15–17) and older (ages 18–19) teenagers. The teen birth rate has declined every year except for two (2006 and 2007) since 1991. The new report, “Births: Provisional Read More >

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QuickStats: Rate of Cesarean Delivery, by Maternal Prepregnancy Body Mass Index Category — United States, 2020

In 2020, 31.8% of live births were to women who had a cesarean delivery. The rate of cesarean delivery was lowest for women who were underweight before pregnancy (20.7%); the rate rose steadily as BMI increased to obesity class III (52.3%). One quarter (25.1%) of women of normal weight had a cesarean delivery. Sources: National Vital Read More >

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Births: Provisional Data for 2020

The general fertility rate in the U.S. reached another record low in 2020 and the number of births in 2020 fell for the sixth straight year, according to provisional statistics released today by NCHS. The provisional data are featured in a new report, “Births: Provisional Data for 2020,” which is based on over 99% of Read More >

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The CDC National Center for Health Statistics web page “Stats of the States” has been updated to include the latest state-based final data on selected vital statistics topics, including: General fertility rates Teen birth rates Selected other maternal and infant health measures Marriage & divorce rates Leading causes of death Other high profile causes of Read More >

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Recent Trends in Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery: United States, 2016–2018

Questions for Michelle Osterman, M.H.S., Health Statistician and Lead Author of “Recent Trends in Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery: United States, 2016–2018,” Q: Why did you decide to do a report on rates of vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC)? MO: Women who deliver vaginally after a previous cesarean delivery are less likely to experience Read More >

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Births: Provisional Data for 2018

Questions for Brady E. Hamilton, Ph.D., Demographer, Statistician, and Lead Author of “Births: Provisional Data for 2018.” Q: How does the provisional 2018 birth data compare to previous years? BH: The  number of births, the general fertility rate, the total fertility rate, birth rates for women aged 15-34, the cesarean delivery rate and the low-risk Read More >

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State by State Health Data Source Updated on NCHS Web Site

CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has updated its “Stats of the States” feature on the NCHS web site.  This resource features the latest state-by-state comparisons on key health indicators ranging from birth topics such as teen births and cesarean deliveries to leading causes of death and health insurance coverage. Tabs have been added to Read More >

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Births: Final Data for 2014

NCHS has released a new report that presents 2014 data on U.S. births according to a wide variety of characteristics. Data are presented for maternal age, live-birth order, race and Hispanic origin, marital status, attendant at birth, method of delivery, period of gestation, birthweight,and plurality. Birth and fertility rates are presented by age, live-birth order, race Read More >

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Maternal Morbidity for Vaginal and Cesarean Deliveries, According to Previous Cesarean History: New Data From the Birth Certificate, 2013

A new NCHS report presents recent findings for 2013 on four maternal morbidities associated with labor and delivery—maternal transfusion, ruptured uterus, unplanned hysterectomy, and intensive care unit (ICU) admission—that are collected on birth certificates for a 41-state and District of Columbia reporting area, which represents 90% of all births in the United States. Key Findings from Read More >

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Trends in Low-risk Cesarean Delivery in the United States, 1990–2013

A new NCHS report explores trends in low-risk cesarean delivery at a national level, with particular focus on changes from 2009 through 2013. Trends are examined by state of residence, gestational age, age of mother, and race and Hispanic origin of mother. An earlier report based on birth certificate data, using a slightly different definition, explored Read More >

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The state known as “The Last Frontier” has the highest suicide rate and ranks 6th in accidents. Alaska also has mortality rates that are higher than the U.S. for the following causes: cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and influenza/pneumonia. However, Alaska had the lowest rates in the country for low birthweight rate (6% of all births) and cesarean Read More >

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Preliminary Birth Data for 2012 Released

NCHS released a new report called Births: Preliminary Data for 2012 that looks at births in the United States. U.S. data on births are shown by age, live-birth order, race, and Hispanic origin of mother. Data on marital status, cesarean delivery, preterm births, and low birthweight are also presented. Key Findings from the Report: The preliminary number Read More >

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Cesarean Delivery Rates Starting to Stabilize

The total U.S. cesarean delivery rate reached a high of 32.9% of all births in 2009, rising 60% from the most recent low of 20.7 in 1996.  Since 2009, the U.S. cesarean delivery rate has not increased. NCHS’s report explores cesarean delivery rates by gestational age for 1996–2011, focusing on 2009–2011.  Analysis is limited to Read More >

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Cesarean delivery – more popular than ever before

A report released yesterday from the National Center for Health Statistics showed that the cesarean rate rose by 53% from 1996 to 2007, reaching 32%, the highest rate ever reported in the United States. The 1.4 million cesarean births in 2007 represented about one-third of all births in the United States. Although clear clinical indications often exist for a cesarean Read More >

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